Where to Get Narcan (Naloxone) in Rhode Island
Overdose on opioids like oxycodone, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and Rhode Island is no stranger to this problem.1 Every town in the Ocean State has had at least 1 fatal overdose.2
Narcan (naloxone) can save lives by fighting against opioid overdoses.3 Read on to learn more about Narcan and where to get Narcan in Rhode Island.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a drug that quickly reverses opioid overdose and can be administered as a nasal spray or injection. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that binds to opioid receptors in the brain and body and blocks and reverses the effects of opioids.3
Within 3 to 5 minutes, naloxone can restore someone’s consciousness and normal breathing.3
Narcan is the brand name of a nasal spray that contains naloxone. Narcan is packaged in a pre-filled, easy-to-use, needle-free device.3 You can get Narcan in any state without a prescription, including Rhode Island.4
Is Narcan Available Over the Counter?
The 4mg Narcan nasal spray bottle is available nationwide over the counter. In March 2023, the FDA made Narcan legal to sell and buy in retail stores without a prescription.4
You can currently find Narcan in many pharmacies across the nation.4 Although the status change is recent, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and websites are now allowed to sell Narcan. The hope is that if Narcan is readily available, it will save more lives.4
How Much Does Narcan Cost?
The cost of Narcan can vary depending on where and how you purchase Narcan. For example, if you’re prescribed Narcan along with opioids, your insurance will likely cover the costs to some extent.3
If you’re paying out of pocket, Narcan’s cost may differ depending on the store you purchase it from. But even if you can’t afford Narcan, many places offer free Narcan kits. Some programs mail Narcan to your home, while others are public drop-in spots. Here are a few places you can get a free Narcan kit in Rhode Island:5
- Prevent Overdose RI
- The University of RI
- West Warwick Fire Stations
- Anchor Recovery Centers
- Project Weber/RENEW
When & How to Use Narcan Spray
Understanding when and how to use Narcan spray can save someone’s life. Narcan can save someone from an opioid-involved overdose and will likely have no effect on someone that hasn’t taken opioids, so you can still use it when you’re unsure if an overdose involves opioids.3 Follow these steps to use Narcan effectively:6
- Step 1: Lay the person on their back.
- Step 2: Remove the Narcan spray and peel back the tab with the circle to open.
- Step 3: Hold the Narcan with your thumb on the bottom of the red plunger and your first and middle fingers on either side of the nozzle.
- Step 4: Tilt the person’s head back, supporting their neck, and gently insert the nozzle into 1 nostril until your fingers touch the bottom of their nose.
- Step 5: Press the red plunger firmly to give the dose.
- Step 6: Remove the nozzle from the person’s nostril.
- Step 7: Get medical help right away.
Some opioids—like fentanyl—are powerful and may require multiple doses of Narcan.3 Additional doses may be administered every 2-3 minutes if someone does not respond by waking up, resuming normal breathing, or to voice and touch.6
Naloxone works in the body for only 30 to 90 minutes. Because opioids can last much longer, it is crucial that someone that has experienced an opioid-involved overdose receive medical attention as soon as possible in case the overdose effects resume.3
Narcan Training in Rhode Island
Many community-based organizations and state programs provide Narcan training in Rhode Island. Most courses are straightforward but can vary in intensity. For example, the University of Rhode Island offers a Community First Responder certification where you can complete a live webinar, in-person seminar, or interactive learning modules to learn how to administer Narcan.7
Many Narcan training courses are open to the public and may be offered in person or online. A Narcan training course might cover topics like the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, how naloxone works, and how to use Narcan when someone overdoses.8 Here are some places you can get Narcan training in Rhode Island:
- HOPE Recovery Center of Newport
- The National Harm Reduction Coalition
- Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI)
Opioid Addiction Treatment at AdCare
Narcan can be helpful in times of crisis, but it only treats opioid overdose, not addiction.3 What is naloxone? Addiction treatment is complex, often involving multiple therapeutic interventions.9
Opioid addiction treatment may include a combination of:10
- Medical detox.
- Behavioral therapy.
- Peer support.
- Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
Everyone is different, and what works for someone may not work for you.9 Multiple levels of care are available to treat opioid addiction, including inpatient rehab and outpatient programs.9 Depending on your unique needs, some approaches may be a better fit than others.
AdCare’s inpatient drug rehab in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and outpatient locations provide evidence-based treatment that can help you or your loved one get sober and remain in recovery. Call to start addiction treatment today. You can verify your insurance coverage using the confidential .